Commenting on the Heathrow expansion announced today, Terry Scuoler, Chief Executive of EEF, the manufacturers’ organisation, said:
“Giving the green light to Heathrow expansion is the right one for industry and the country. Heathrow will be a key linchpin in enabling post-Brexit trade and this decision provides reassurance to manufacturers that access to direct, efficient and cost-effective trade routes to the rest of the world will be backed by action and not just words.
“While the debate on extra airport capacity has understandably been finely focussed on a decision to allow expansion at either Heathrow or Gatwick, the important role aviation plays more generally in supporting Britain’s global trade status has been side-lined. This crucial role should not be overlooked. As local areas across the country gear up to take on more powers as part of devolution, improving surface access to regional airports should be an early priority to maximise the regional connectivity benefits from today’s decision.”
In EEF’s most recent survey of manufacturers, 78% of companies expressed a preference for expansion at Heathrow.